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Igor I. Solar

Digital Journalist based in Valparaíso, Chile. Joined on Feb 22, 2010
Expertise in Science & space, Ethnic cultures, Travel, Music, Environment & green living

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Bomb attack leaves eight injured in shopping mall in Chile

Santiago - An explosive device detonated this afternoon inside a mall associated with the "Military Academy" Station of the Santiago Metro. The attack left 8 people injured three of them with life-threatening wounds

'Chinchineros' — Part of Chile’s intangible cultural heritage

Santiago - A true celebration of popular musical heritage was held on September 3 when 15 family groups performing traditional Chilean instruments exhibited their century-old skills in the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre (GAM) in Santiago de Chile.

Space tragedy: Five geckos in Russian sex study froze to death

Moscow - Five geckos sent into space on a Russian satellite as part of an experiment to evaluate their reproductive capacity under conditions of weightlessness have died, said Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency.

Marina Silva could become the world’s first ‘Green President’

Brazilia - Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva threatens the re-election of Dilma Rousseff and the 12-year hegemony of the Workers Party (PT). Her election on October 5 could transform the South American giant relations with the region and the world.

‘Chacarero’ — Probably the best sandwich you may ever eat

Boston - The Spanish word “Chacarero” means “small-scale farmer,” but it also stands for the name of a sandwich Chileans enjoy in restaurants or at home, and that surprises foreign visitors who describe it as "the best darn sandwich" they have ever had.

From earliest human settlement in the Americas to modern city Special

Puerto Montt - Puerto Montt is a port city in southern Chile that thrives on salmon farming, trade and tourism. It is a port of call for international cruise ships and departure of vessels to Chiloé Island and the Patagonian Fjords in the far south of the continent.

Ferry runs aground in Chilean Fjords, 17 passengers rescued

Puerto Natales - A ferry carrying 17 passengers and a crew of 28 ran aground at Pass Kirke in the Chilean Fjords. All passengers and crew are unharmed but 40 tons of salmon were lost and more than 200 cattle drowned.

Review: 'Rosa Yagan', a Native American woman from the end of the world Special

Puerto Williams - Rosa Yagan, an aboriginal woman belonging to the southernmost ethnic group on the planet, spent her infancy and youth as her nomadic ancestors, with their language and ancient customs. Her story is told in the book "Rosa Yagan, the last link".

Masked gunmen carried out largest robbery in Chile’s history

Santiago - Early this morning a group of eight masked criminals intimidated the guards of a Brink’s armored truck at Santiago International Airport taking a bounty of about $10 million dollars. The heist has been called the greatest theft in Chilean history.

Catholic priest confesses: 'I am having twins; it's a blessing'

Cabildo - Father Ignacio Miranda of St. Lawrence Catholic Parish in the town of Cabildo in Chile announced his resignation from the priesthood after admitting his relationship with a woman and confessing that he will be daddy of twins within a couple of months.

Spanish Navy finds 127 Kg of cocaine on board training tall ship

Cadiz - The Spanish training ship "Juan Sebastián Elcano" is at the center of a messy controversy after authorities found on board a cargo of 127 kilos of cocaine. Three crew members were arrested and are being investigated for drug trafficking.

Photo Essay: Bird-watching at and near a Neotropical lagoon Special

Valparaiso - Variations in water levels in the “Lagoon of Light”, near Valparaiso, Chile, offer various aquatic environs, deep waters and muddy flats, attractive to diving cormorants and herons. In such locations, shorebirds find plenty of food in late winter.

UN condemns Spain for negligence in murder of 7 year old girl

Madrid - The United Nations blamed the Spanish State of failing to protect a 7-year-old girl who was killed by her father. The UN condemned Spain to compensate the mother, to investigate the failures causing the tragedy, and to report on actions taken to comply.

Chilean Parliament to discuss banning salt shakers in restaurants

Santiago - The Honourable House of Deputies of Chile will be discussing a bill that seeks to ban salt shakers in restaurant tables. According to two lawmakers, salt intake has increased significantly in Chile and people need to be educated about it.

Communication with Russian gecko sex satellite restored

Moscow - The Russian Federal Space Agency announced that it has restored contact with its Foton-M4 satellite, lost three days ago. The spacecraft carries a set of scientific tests including five geckos to study the effect of micro-gravity on their fertility.

Playful whale lifts kayak with two people on board in Argentina

Puerto Madryn - Two people navigating on a kayak off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina, had a unique experience when their small vessel was gently lifted by a whale (Video). Such close encounter is illegal in Chubut for safety and conservation reasons.

New species of microscopic marine mite named after Jennifer Lopez

Mayaguez - A new species of marine mite found in a Caribbean coral reef of Mona Passage, which separates Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic, has been named “Litarachna lopezae” in honor of Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez.

Six-fingered family predicting sixth FIFA World Cup for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - The hands of a whole family have become a lucky charm in support of the Brazilian national team achieving its sixth FIFA World Cup. What distinguishes the members of the Silva family is that everyone has six fingers on each hand.

A policeman's tribute to Michael Jackson’s death anniversary

Iquique - On the fifth anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson his fans remember him around the world. During a presentation of Chile’s Police Marching Band, an officer surprised everyone when he began to move using the famous dance steps of the late artist.

Review: European and Argentine Art shine at National Museum of Fine Arts Special

Buenos Aires - The City of Buenos Aires has a rich and wide variety of museums of national and international art as well as other exhibits on various topics, including history, natural sciences, football, tango, immigration, automobiles, and many more.
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